The original story was published on 25 February 2016. Written by Peter O’Dwyer. To read the complete article, click here.
Emblazoned on banners hung along the city’s main thoroughfare La Rambla are the words: “Liberty, equality, fraternity, and technology for all.”
Exalted company for a few phones and gadgets, you might think — except the banners were hinting at something much bigger.
As a product of the Age of Enlightenment and a guiding principle of the French Revolution, the phrase could hardly have been more appropriate as the modern day technology revolution continues apace.
For an industry sometimes seen as insular, inclusion has been very much to the fore at its showpiece event.
When Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to address attendees earlier in the week, he had a clear message for the major mobile players: Help those without internet connectivity before improving the lot of the technologically well-off.
“We believe that everyone should have access to the Internet, and it’s kind of crazy that we’re sitting here and 4bn people in the world don’t,” Zuckerberg told the audience.
It was a theme developed by Unicef executive director Anthony Lake in his keynote address yesterday.
A somewhat unlikely guest at a mobile conference, Lake quickly showed the true value of technological advancement.
Mobile, he said, has helped his organisation tackle disease, fight poverty, and even protect children fleeing the ravages of war.
“Mobile technology provides access to information, opportunity, and choice for even the most marginalised children. Give children access to information and they’ll be prepared to shape the world around them,” said the former US diplomat.
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